The Violent Bear It Away

The Violent Bear It Away

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A brilliant, innovative novel, acutely alert to where the sacred lives--and where it does not

First published in 1960, The Violent Bear It Away is a landmark in American literature--a dark and absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O'Connor's work.
In this, O'Connor's second novel, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, the schoolteacher Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle that Tarwater will become a prophet and baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensues, as Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more "reasonable" modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relative and lay claim to Bishop's soul. All this is observed by O'Connor with an astonishing combination of irony and compassion, humor and pathos.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, c1960.
ISBN: 9780374530877
Branch Call Number: FICTION OCO


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This is a powerhouse short story writer. She is a southern usa writer who outwrites (my opinion) William Faulkner. The Violent Bear It Away is pristine. O' Connor simply has so much to say about ' the human condition.' It is a pity her career did not last longer.

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